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Where have you been?!

Yes you’re looking at your computer screen correctly.  No I promise this is not a mirage.  I’m really here.  No seriously.  It’s really me. 🙂

My goodness have I missed y’all!  I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last posted ANYTHING!  But it’s not like I don’t have a good excuse.  In the pictures below you’ll get an idea of what I have been up to in my long, extended absence.  Add that to the fact that I worried about burn out before I reached summer vacation and you have a blogger on hold.  This year has been a roller coaster for me just at home.  That’s not even including what has happened in the classroom.  Yikes!  I’m hoping that now that things have settled down, I’ll be able to get back into things and really get this blog moving and grooving in a big way.

So first, a little bit about the happenings during my absence.

Alrighty starting at the top and going left to right:

  • First 2 small ones on top of each other are my living room.  We shoved my kitchen into so we could have new tile laid.  Long story short it should have been done before we moved in but I just won’t go there.  The large sheet of plastic is to keep the dust of demoing the old floor from spreading.  My hubby and I slept on the couches as our room was blocked off.  Fun.  I was without a kitchen for a week.  Sigh…
  • Next up, so far my only casualty from this whole moving around ordeal.  1 corningware dish.  No biggie.  Easily replaced.
  • Gorgeous, fragrant magnolia flower a kiddo gave me.  I could not help but smell that thing all day.  Loved it!
  • My last bulletin board of the year!  We did Surf Buddies by Corinna Gandara over at TPT (follow the link- it’s free!) and I had the kiddos tell me what they wanted to do over the summer.  It turned out great!  Such an easy activity!
  • Right underneath that I ordered a clipart CD from D.J. Inkers with a deal from Educents!  It was so easy and I’m glad I waited to use that $15 gift card from their start up promotion.  I can’t wait to use the CD!
  • Okay the next 2 pictures and the next 2 on the bottom row are all from the last day of school.  So I teach at a very small school outside the city, specifically on a prairie.  It’s a tradition that some upper classmen boys ride their horses to school.  So cool!  I was finally able to get photo evidence for those off the prairie that never believe me.  And just as I snapped, one large kiddo decided to STAND on the saddle while riding (I hope you can see that).  Scared me but it was still cool.  Then there’s my empty room and my overstuffed storage spot.  I hate packing up.  😦
  • After that the next four pictures.  My hair.  I have been growing it out for some time.  I even mentioned cutting it to donate here.  So yeah.  I finally did it!  Love my new do!!  Sending hair in to charity soon!
  • And then lastly, my parents came in for the weekend after school let out.  This is my dad and my daughter playing a very serious game of This Little Piggy.  Loved every moment with them!

So yeah.  Glad that’s all behind me now!  Now to look at the future!  One of the things I’m super excited about are a couple of book studies being hosted at some other blogs I follow (or will be following very shortly here).  More on that later.

So as I’m wrapping all this up and getting ready to look to the future, I realized something.  My blog is a year old.  Over a year old technically (if you’re counting the days).  While it’s not as big some of my favorites and I don’t have a shop anywhere (I’ll say yet because you just never know…), I have to say I’m proud of my little blog here.  I’ve got some followers and I’ve got new passion in what I do.  I think my intentions behind this project are being met.  I’m taking this venture very slowly so y’all bear with me!

Anyways, in light of my blog-iversary (and the fact that you’re still reading…I hope), I’ve got a couple of freebies that I made and used in my classroom this year.  I know it’s way late in the game for these, but there’s always next year!  Anyways, I hope you enjoy them and please leave me a comment if they work for you!

Classroom Freebies Manic MondayStay tuned for new things to come!

Happy Teaching!

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Bugs and Blossoms in Math

Warning- lots of photos!

Testing is done!  Yay!  Now specifically ITBS is done.  Next up, TPRI.  Bring it.  But anyways…I got to take down all my wall coverings and have my room back.  Yay!  The kids were excited as I took down the paper off the Word Wall.  You’d think I had unwrapped a giant Christmas gift.  Too cute!  So life is slowly coming back to normal.  Today is a take-it-easy day as we take care of make-up tests and just finish the week out.  Since we have not been doing formal reading lessons, I’ve got something fun planned for my kiddos.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  😉

So the math stations.  I got them from this great pack I got from SunnyDays.  You can get it here.  You’ll love it!!  Anyways I’m just using the math stations in the pack right now.  We’re getting back in to addition and subtraction real heavily again and I wanted some stations that got my kiddos in full adding and subtracting mode.  Well when I saw the first math game in this pack, I was like, “Yes!  Perfect!”  Then I kept saying it 2 more times when I realized I could use all 3 stations.  Score!  What I love best about these stations is that, while they may have been geared towards second grade specifically, it gave my first graders the challenge they need without discouraging them.  I have several GT kiddos and I’ve been wanting to amp things up and this was perfect.  Oh and so sorry for the fuzzy pictures!  I guess I moved around too much when I took them.  So here we go:

Math Station Bucket #1- Capture the Crickets

The kiddos sort cards with number pairs by their sums- less than 20, equal to 20, and greater than 20.  To help them out (and test their determination to get their hands on a new toy…more on that later) I included a calculator.  After they sort the cards, they fill out the recording sheet.  Love it!  I’m so into the accountability factor with recording sheets.  It just really helps me know what they are really doing while I’m working with my small groups…

Math Station Bucket #2- Buzzing by Tens!

They pick a bee, add 10 to the number, find the flower with that number.  Perfect!  We had already learned how moving up and down a 100 chart moves you by 10s.  We’ve also been practicing counting by 10s starting at different numbers (i.e. 7 or 3) during our math meeting.  So I put a 100 chart to give them a hand.  They are loving it!  I have them work it together first, then they see who can do it the fastest.  It’s really great practice.

Math Station Bucket #3- The Great Snail Race

Very simple game- roll a sum of 7 or greater, move 1 space.  Less than 7 stay put.  You should hear them when they don’t get that 7 or greater!  “Oh man!”  They are figuring out why it’s called a snail race.  🙂  This was the last activity in the pack.  I’m telling you, go check this pack out and say hi to Denise while you’re there!

Math Station Bucket #4- Geo Boards

So simple yet so much fun!  Since we finished our shape unit a little bit ago (and quite frankly I needed a new idea) I pulled these out.  They are loving creating shapes and pictures with those rubber bands!

Math Station Bucket #5- enVision topic starter game

Kicking our addition topic off with the opening game.  Love the easiness of these games!

Math Station Bucket #6- Sprouting Fact Family Flowers

So this is something I’m particularly proud of.  My doormate, another teammate, and myself loved some of the roll and create number sentence stations.  Earlier this year I did it with turkeys and tail feathers (see that here) and then again with Christmas trees and ornaments (look here).  So we were thinking it was time to do another one but with a spring theme in mind.  So we decided they should roll, color flower petals, and then write the number sentences on leaves.  Got it!  So I said I would make circles and try to find leaves we could use.  Well I did more than that.  I made the leaves AND I made petals (of course I did that after we decided and had copied the turkey tail feathers from Math Wire– hey you can’t tell they’re feathers!).  We also wanted a directions page.  So I decided to have some fun with some of the clipart and digital paper I’ve acquired from some awesome teacher stores for free.  Then I got the bug.  The creating bug.  After I fiddled around with some things, I managed to make the leaves and petals like I said and the pack just… just… made itself.  Now I’m starting to see what the big fuss is with all these teachers creating all this awesome stuff!  So here it is:

Now I’m not going to sell this.  You can get it for free here.  Please let me know what you think.  My kids are loving it because we are doing it with a 10-sided die with the numbers 0-9.  The flowers look great and they are going on a bulletin board in the hall.  I’ll post a picture as soon as more flowers get added.  But here’s a picture of my example for the kiddos:

Oops!  Didn’t realize my toes were in the shot!  Glad I painted them.  😉  Anyways I hope you enjoyed this.  These stations will be staying put for a while as testing has not allowed us to use them that often and I need to make sure all the kiddos get through them.  This weekend’s project is to revamp all my reading stations and finally share that.  Plus I’m working on another project that I hope to be sharing.  Until then…

Happy Teaching!

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